How to Elevate Your Basics


With new seasons, come new starts, including opportunities to refresh, update and elevate your wardrobe.

Perhaps its a function of getting older and simply having less time and space for highly disposable fast fashion items, but I’ve definitely noted a shift in the way I shop and dress these days. With an eye towards better overall quality and wardrobe longevity, I’ve been opting for staple pieces that lend themselves to transformation. Building on adaptable basics can take you from day to night or supermarket to dinner with the switch of an accessory or shoe. Just for clarification, I’m not proposing that every item in your wardrobe should follow this rule – there are some occasions where only that perfect LBD or statement top will do and I don’t want to see you stepping out in your mini beaded shift for your next Whole Foods run, but why not find ways to make your wardrobe more versatile and adaptable to your ever changing life.

This past weekend by the shore, I went from running after our very active toddler to stepping out to a sunset dinner with ease by refreshing my outfit with some elevated accessories. I recently purchased an oatmeal racerback maxi dress and immediately knew it would be a Spring/Summer wardrobe staple. For day, I paired the maxi with a pair of classic high top converse sneakers (Chuck 70) and a denim jacket. For our sunset dinner, I swapped the sneakers for a pair of white squared toe heeled sandals and accessorized with an ivory rancher hat and thick gold chain choker necklace. Accessories are the easiest way to incorporate new trends without swapping out your entire wardrobe – from seasonal colors and prints for a new bag or shoe to statement jewelry pieces. To keep this outfit chic and crisp, I opted for shades of ivory and cream for an elevated monochromatic look.


Necklace | Aureum Thea Chain Necklace || Dress | French Connection Rasha RIbbed Bodycon Dress | Hat | Lack of Color Ivory Rancher || Shoes | Similar styles here, here and here


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